We stayed at the castle for 2 nights in March. The castle itself is amazing, the service is impeccable, the food was quite good, and there are a variety of activities offered on site. However, there were also several little things that kept this from being a 5 star experience.
First for the good: it's a real castle!! It's majestic and grand, and one feels very special to stay here. We were upgraded to a over-sized lake view room and it was spectacular. The staff was very pleasant, helpful, and never pretentious as they can sometimes be at 5 star properties. The food, while overpriced, was very good and always well presented. The activities offered on site are many and varied - we did the hawk walk, archery, and clay pigeon shooting. Hawk walk was by far the best. Truly a must do experience. Also, the proximity to the village of Cong offers a very nice walk to the picturesque town and old abbey.
Now for the not so good: when we went it was cold outside - which meant the castle was also cold. I get that it's old any may be drafty, but the front lobby and most hallways were freezing. Even our room wasn't as warm as we'd have liked. We had to sleep in sweatpants and sweatshirt to be warm enough. Not really up to 5 star standards, there! Also, there is no mini bar or coffee maker in the room. Additionally, our curtains didn't close all the way and our room was on the ground floor facing the lake - right where everyone walks around taking pictures! Also, the housekeeper entered our room twice without knocking.
I think after reading all the reviews on here, I expected a truly magical - perhaps unattainable - experience. Don't get me wrong, it was very nice, and I do recommend the castle, it just isn't the best place ever.
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- Ashford Castle Ireland/Cong
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